‘Barefoot in the Park’ Kicks off Mason Players’ New Season

Posted: September 22, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Mason’s Department of Theater and the Mason Players kick off their 2011-12 season of theater with Neil Simon’s classic romantic comedy, “Barefoot in the Park.” Directed by student Emma Hull, the production will be performed in TheaterSpace in the Performing Arts Building on the Fairfax Campus on Oct. 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., and on Oct. 8 and 9 at 2 p.m.

“Barefoot in the Park” is the story of a newlywed couple who have recently moved into tiny walk-up apartment in Greenwich Village in New York City. Corie is spontaneous, free-spirited and a romantic at heart, while her husband, Paul, is a hard-working attorney who is unadventurous to the point that his wife calls him a “stuffed shirt.”

The couple discovers the realities of marriage through encounters with eccentric neighbors and Corie’s meddling mother, as well as troubles with their less-than-luxurious new apartment with no heat and a hole in the skylight.

On Broadway “Barefoot in the Park” was directed by Mike Nichols and premiered on Oct. 23, 1963, featuring Robert Redford as Paul and Elizabeth Ashley as Corie. The play was nominated for three Tony Awards in 1964, and Nichols won the award for best director. The play was also adapted for film in 1967, with Redford reprising his role and Jane Fonda playing Corie.

Director Hull is a junior English major with a theater minor. She is president of Mason’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theater Honor Society. For the Mason Players, she has served as stage manager for “Pericles” and the Ten-Minute Play Festival in 2010 and 2011, property designer for “The Nerd” and as a member of the run crew for “Temp Odyssey.”

The Mason Players is a faculty-directed student organization within the Department of Theater. Students, faculty, staff and community supporters produce and enjoy plays in the Mainstage Series, the Studio Series and the Ten-Minute Play Festival.

Tickets to this production are $12 general admission and $8 for students, faculty, staff, seniors and groups. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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